Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Website Extras

Someone recently asked about various extras on a website. I've done quite a few of these on http://www.sweettalebooks.com.

Twitter feed:

  • To add a twitter feed listing on your website, go to your account in twitter.  
  • Click on the circle with the gears (tools?) and click on settings.
  • Click on widgets and 'create new' (upper right-hand corner).
  • The tab for 'user timeline' should be clicked, with configuration under that.
  • Customize what you like for your widget.  When you're done, click 'create widget.'  Some HTML code will appear in the box to the right.  Copy and paste that into the code on your website.  If you're using Weebly or Wix, there's a way to add HTML code.  You'd add the code there.

Blog URL (RSS feed):

  • Go to http://feed.mikle.com/ and enter the URL of your blog.  If the website can configure it as RSS code, your blog titles and a short part of the blog will appear to the right.
  • Play with the details of what you like for your blog.  Don't forget to check out the advanced settings...they're easy to handle.
  • When done, click on 'select code' to the right, copy, and paste into your website.

Facebook feed:

I don't use this one, because it's the same, pretty much, as the twitter feed.  But you can find your Facebook feed as an RSS feed, and do the same as the Blog URL, above.

  • To find your RSS feed for Facebook, go to the page you want to have displayed on your website.  You might want to use your public pages you've created, that everyone can already see.
  • Go to https://www.facebook.com/notifications.  That page name should be mentioned on this site.
  • At the top, there's 'Get notifications via RSS.'  Click on that.  
  • Copy the URL for that page filled with source code.
  • Do the same steps as the Blog URL, using this new URL for the source feed.

Bookshelves:
I currently do the coding for my bookshelves in Excel, but will consider using javascript or something like that in the future.  I'll have to learn javascript first.  LOL!  

For my bookshelves, I set it all up in tables, with the titles, author names, and any other variable you'd see as something I can sort on.  I then sort it and bring it all into my web page.  So it's not easily transferable to someone else, but eventually, I'd love to have it streamlined.


Cheers!
SweetTale Books

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